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County Carlow

Seventh section of Barrow Way

The seventh section of Barrow Way begins in Carlow and ends when walkers reach Leighlinbridge. This section introduces walkers to the sights and sounds of County Carlow in the Leinster province. This is an easy section with little climbing involved. A distance of eleven kilometres will have to be covered by the walkers on this track. Walkers shouldn’t have much difficulty in completing this walking trail in less than four hours. Almost half of the walking terrain on this route consists of grassy track. This path takes walkers across the county border into County Laois. There is a house called Locks located here where accommodation can be found. The river here is divided by an island adorned with a good number of trees. Once the walkers are past this island, Mount Leinster will come into full view. Walkers will appreciate seeing the Clogrennan Weir here. This weir is a small dam and it is the only naturally occurring one of its kind on the Barrow Way. Walkers can also witness the ruins of Clogrennan Castle on the west bank here. Also located close by is the Cloydagh Church dating back to 1805.

Borris Golf Club

The Borris Golf Club is a 9-hole parkland course that is maintained in excellent shape for golf through modern sand based greens and an automatic watering system. Practice area and putting green are available. Visitors will enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere coupled with the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Full bar facility with light snacks is available for the refreshment of visitors. Full meals are available on request. Carlow Golf Club is a 27-hole parkland course in Deerpark. It is a free draining course hence it remains playable throughout the year. Golf lessons can also be taken from PGA Professional Andrew Gilbert.Â?

Third part of South Leinster Way

The third part of the South Leinster Way takes walkers on a relaxing journey from Borris to Graiguenamanagh. This part of the walking route is easy on the walkers and won’t introduce them to any hardships they can’t handle. This route stretches over a distance of about twelve kilometres. There is minimal climbing involved on this walking path. Walking at a steady and average pace, walkers can hope to finish walking on this path in less than four and a half hours. There is a road between Borris and Ballytiglea Bridge that should be crossed with caution. Walkers will enjoy the grassy path on this walking trail and will appreciate the forestry of the Borris House Demesne. The river bed of River Barrow offers a pleasant walking experience with a soft surface and will prove to be a soothing influence on the walkers. Delightful views of Brandon Hill can be caught at various parts of this route. Those interested in exploring ruins and historical buildings will find much to their liking. The ruins of a town house from medieval times can be found near Ballykeenan Lock. A bridge with seven arches dating from the eighteenth century is located in Tinnahinch near this route.

2nd section of the South Leinster Way

The second part of the South Leinster Way stretches from Nine Stones to Borris. This is an easy walking path that most walkers will have no trouble in completing. Just like the first path, this section of the walking route is also about eleven kilometres long. There is very little or no climbing involved on this section of the route. Three hours is the estimated time that average walkers will likely take to finish walking on this path. Walkers will get to admire the Nine Stones which is a pre-historic alignment of stones. Slievebawn is also located close to this trail. The meaning of Slievebawn is White Mountain. It becomes obvious why it is called by this name when you walk up this heap of stones or cairn. There are large pieces of quartz and other metal containing rocks at this site that can shine quite brightly in the sunlight. There is also a huge quartz outcrop here that is a beautiful sight to behold. The views at this place are also fantastic. The beautiful Valley of the River Barrow is a nice place to visit that offers peace and tranquillity amid some spectacular views. The Comeragh Mountains and Slievenamon can also be seen from here.

South Leinster Way

South Leinster Way is a walking trail that extends over a long distance of about hundred kilometres. This walking track is divided into eight sections. Each of these sections takes about half a day to complete. The first part of this trail starts from Kildavin and ends at Nine Stones. This walking path is quite easy for average walkers to complete. This section of the South Leinster Way is located in County Carlow. The walking distance is quite long at about eleven kilometres. The height walkers will have to climb on this route is a bit high at 480 metres but it’s not too steep so climbing will be easy. Most walkers will be able to complete this walking route in a little more than four hours. The N80 road on this walking path is often populated with fast moving traffic so care should be exercised in crossing it. The surrounding landscape of this area is quite marvellous. Walkers will be treated to breathtaking views of Blackstairs Mountains, Mount Leinster and the Greenoge Hill. The village of Kildavin is a beautiful place to explore on this trail. If you happen to visit Kelly’s Quarter here and the day is clear, you will be rewarded with exhilarating views of the Irish Sea.